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Why Would a Mega-Pastor Elevate His “Vision” Over Scripture?

Steven Furtick is apparently pastor of a really big church. He’s also denigrating the word of God.

As Matthew Paul Turner noted in a recent post, Mr. Furtick’s church has developed (with his approval) a disturbing Sunday School resource. A look at its pages shows they are extremely concerned with indoctrinating the children of their church into allegiance to Mr. Furtick.

Mr. Turner’s post focused on the indoctrination in general, but there’s one aspect of it that I think needs our attention. Mr. Furtick elevates something he calls his “vision” above Scripture.

Notice the size font used for the Scripture, how small it is in comparison to everything else on the page. The point of these pages is simple to see. It’s right there on the bottom of that first page:

Elevation Church is built on the vision God gave Pastor Steven. We will protect our unity in supporting his vision.

Notice what’s missing:

These coloring books do not teach children that the church is built on Jesus.

These coloring books do not teach children that the Bible is the source of sound doctrine and guidance for God’s people.

These coloring books do not teach children that no person but Jesus should be seen as the source of God’s revelation.

No, they are teaching that the Bible is secondary to Pastor Steven’s “vision”. They are teaching their children that Pastor Steven has a relationship with God no one else has and that anyone who does not support the “vision” he espouses is out of unity with the church.

What a horrible thing to teach children.

Jesus had strong words for people who did this to his little ones:

If anyone causes one of these little ones — those who believe in me — to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. (Matthew 18:6.)

Shame on Mr. Furtick and his leadership team.